Historic Cities of Ukraine: Perspectives for Research and Conservation

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St)

Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University for a presentation by Mariana Kaplinska (Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Historic Preservation, UPenn).

Mariana Kaplinska will speak about those historic cities of Ukraine, in particular within its historical region of Halychyna, that had been granted the Magdeburg Law. The Magdeburg Law privileges had an essential influence on the urban development of the region and throughout Central and Eastern Europe. It brought about the emergence of a very specific city planning model, featuring a market square at its center, which lasted for centuries. In many cases, however, this model had to be integrated with older urban structures or reshaped to conform with new ideas of urban planning that many cities underwent as they developed with time. These transformations will be analyzed with a particular focus on crucial changes that transpired in the 20th century. Also discussed will be the special status obtained by historic cities that require conservation and preservation of their physical fabric.

Mariana Kaplinska received her PhD at the Lviv Polytechnic National University, Ukraine in 2016 and has taught at that university since then. She has been involved in the development of historic preservation plans and surveys for a number of cities. In 2018, she participated in the 18th International Course on Wood Conservation Technology (ICWCT 2018) in Oslo, Norway. In 2018-19 she is a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Program.